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Plays of the Day for the opening day of the second Test between Bangladesh and West Indies in Khulna
Mohammad Isam in Khulna
November 21, 2012
The anticipated outcome I
The talk about bouncers went up a notch when Junaid Siddique was dropped to make way for Nazimuddin in the Bangladesh top-order. There was some sympathy for Siddique, but what happened next was expected. At the first sign of bounce, at the start of the third over, Nazimuddin took a backward step and popped an easy catch to short leg off Fidel Edwards.
The strange call
An hour in the first session, in the last ball of Sunil Narine's second over, Tamim Iqbal jumped out of his crease, attempting to send the ball towards Khulna city. He only found the long-on fielder on the first bounce. With Tino Best operating at the other end, and given Shahriar Nafees' fitful batting, it was strange that Tamim refused the single that would have given him the strike against the fast bowler.
The anticipated outcome II
A batsman doesn't necessarily look to go over the top in the second session of the first day, but Nasir Hossain, coming in to bat at 98 for 5, had plenty of options. The field was up and he struck eight fours and a six, but just as the session was drawing to a close, his vulnerability was exposed. Just as Nazimuddin's struggle against the short ball was too predictable, so was Nasir's witless charge that ended up in mid-on's hands.
The crucial drop
Kieran Powell's drop off Abul Hasan, on 42, didn't seem a big deal at the time. Bangladesh were 266 for 8 in the 69th over, and there was still time for West Indies to take the remaining two wickets and have a bat in the evening. The two batsmen, Mahmudullah and Abul, went on to add a further 99 runs, with Abul progressing to his debut century.
The shot of the day
Of Abul's three sixes, the last one was a scud missile of a straight drive. It looked like a mere punch off the left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul, but the debutant sent it zooming towards the press box, the volunteer having no chance of reaching it. It crashed into wall behind the sightscreen as he moved into the 80s.
Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's correspondent in BangladeshFeeds: Mohammad Isam
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